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Old March 15th, 2019, 02:23 PM   #1
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Upgrade CPU or GPU?

Hello all! I'd like your input, if possible on whether I should upgrade the CPU in my computer system or the GPU? I can't do both at once, so right now, it's one or the other.
I run a Windows 10 system with an ASUS X99 Deluxe mobo, 64GB of RAM, and SSD for the system drive, a separate SSD for rendering and a RAID for the video.
The current CPU is an Intel i7-5930K (6-core, 3.5GHz)
The current GPU is a GeForce GTX 980Ti.

So, for faster playback or rendering should I replace the GPU with a GTX1080 or RTX2080 (Ti?) or should I upgrade the CPU to something like the i7-5960X (8-core) or i7-6950X (10-core)? From y'all's experience what's the best route to take and why do you say that? Thanks!
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Old March 15th, 2019, 03:00 PM   #2
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It would be helpful to know what you edit in.
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Old March 15th, 2019, 07:47 PM   #3
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It really depends on the software. It’s hard to believe but a lot of them dont take advantage of the gpu or the gpu will only be utilized for very specific processes. You would either have to test it yourself or find someone else who has.

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Old March 18th, 2019, 10:28 AM   #4
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I edit using Adobe Premiere CC
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Old March 18th, 2019, 11:01 PM   #5
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Cpu ! Cpu ! Cpu !
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I'm definitely leaning toward the CPU upgrade, but probably have to go with a mobo upgrade as well. I dn't know that spending about $500.00 for two extra cores is worth it, though maybe getting an X299 mobo with a newer i7 might work as well. Gotta look at what's out there first. Research is the key and that's one reason I ask here!
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AMD has leap frogged over Intel with their ThreadRipper 1950x has 16 cores

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Does that translate into actual performance gains for playback/render in Premiere, or is that just marketing hype?
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Good Question! What are the specs/tests out there from AMD vs. Intel? If I need to seriously upgrade the CPU (and mobo), then Threadripper may be a direction to take.
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I take back what I said about ThreadRipper. Just like the gpu Premiere doesn't seem to be designed to take advantage of the additional cores of AMD Ryzen. Instead it benefits from a higher clock speed of an Intel 8700k especially if it’s overclock to 5ghz. Adobe seems poorly designed not taking advantage of hardware advances.


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